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2021/2022  DIP-DIBUO1005U  Practical Seminar

English Title
Practical Seminar

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (part 2)
Course coordinator
  • Michael Jakobsen - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 21-05-2021

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Learning objectives
At the end of the Practical Seminar, the students should be able to:
  • Formulate a research problem and suggest how to analyze it.
  • Identify, explain and assess the business challenges related to the problem
  • Place the problem in a theoretical context
  • Explain and specify the use of concepts, theories, models and analytical frameworks in relation to the problem at the intersection between, for example, a company and society
  • Provide reasons for the choice of method(s) selected for the analysis of the problem. Be able to assess and discuss methodical validity and reliability of the field of research.
  • Search for sources in relation to the problem also outside the mandatory curriculum.
  • Participate actively in the seminar series and present results and criticism in an orderly and convincing manner.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
Attendance is compulsory at seminars. All material must be submitted before or on the specified date at the very latest. Failure to submit material or absence without a valid reason (documentation is required) results in the student being excluded from the seminar series and has to re-take the exam.
Practical Seminar:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Report
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The make-up exam takes the form of a written project of 30-35 pages in total.
The make-up exam should be on the same topic as the seminar report and should be submitted no later than 14 days after the original submission deadline or seminar meeting/treatment.
Description of the exam procedure

The assessment is based on an individual written assignment of max. 20 pages. The following activities all constitute conditions for registering for the exam.

First, the submission of a max.15 pages draft of the final assignment in late November.

Second, provide an oral presentation defending the draft at this seminar.

Third, participate in the same seminar as opponent on the other participants’ assignments.

Fourth, submit a written discussion paper of max. two pages for every group member’s draft assignment before a second seminar in early December. The discussion paper constitutes the background for an oral critical feedback and comments for other students’ drafts at the December seminar. The student must fulfil all the above requirements in order to not be recorded as absent.
The assignment draft of max. 15 pages is sent to the entire class at least two weeks before the first seminar. The discussion paper is sent to the entire class at least one week before the second seminar. The assignment draft is presented orally for at least 10 minutes at the seminar and receives 30 minutes oral and written critical feedback from both fellow students and supervisor(s). The seminar consists of four to eight students who at the seminar take turns giving presentations.

A grade is awarded according to the 7-point grading scale by the supervisor. This is done after the assignment has been finally submitted in late January after being revised in accordance with the critical feedback provided in fellow students and supervisor in November and December.


Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The purpose of this seminar series in November and December is to provide the students with experience in how to write an academic project.
The seminar series integrates knowledge and skills from the other courses and assignments in the program. When preparing for the practical seminars, the focus will be on problem clarification as well as on methods, theories and processes. The seminar series is thus a significant training element for preparing for the final project in the 4th semester. The main emphasis in the seminar work is put on research design rather than actual analysis, which are to be conducted in the final project.
The program will prepare the students for the Practical Seminars. Before the seminar series, the course coordinator provides an introductory lecture. Here the seminar series as well as central academic methods will be presented. Before the first seminar a meeting will be held where students can meet with their supervisor(s). Two hours of supervision per student are allocated to the preparation of the seminar assignment, including the time the supervisor spends on preparation.
It is expected that the students themselves suggest a topic and company other than the one in which they are employed, which then has to be approved by the course coordinator.
The students must participate actively in the seminars and offer independent and critical feedback as well as alternative and/or constructive reflections to support their fellow students.
The author of a draft assignment present it to the group under the supervisor’s supervision. The supervisor ensures that the assignment is discussed in an appropriate academic and pedagogical manner.
Further guidelines for the assignment, discussion paper and seminars are stated in the program regulations as well as the seminar manual.


The introductory lecture is expected to be held in the beginning of November 2021.

The precise date will follow.


All dates will be published on Canvas.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching and student presentations in seminars aims at facilitating independent argumentation and assessment among students. For this reason, seminar classes consisting of 4-8 students will be established. The dialogue-oriented structure and smaller classes should allow for an active and intensive course.
Feedback during the teaching period
Peer feedback and supervision.
Student workload
Preparation for introductory teaching, including attendance 20 hours
Seminar assignment 80 hours
Attendance, presentation and criticism 38 hours
Further Information

The introductory lecture is expected to be held in the beginning of November 2021.


The precise date will follow.


All dates will be published on Canvas.

Expected literature

Required and Recommended literature will follow.

Last updated on 21-05-2021